Ghislaine Maxwell files legal claim with United Nations over her treatment in jail

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s family has filed a legal claim at the United Nations to try to get her released from prison ahead of her pending sex trafficking trial.

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Judges refused to grant Ms Maxwell bail on at least four occasions, amid complaints that she was being held in a New York prison.

International criminal lawyers François Zimmery and Jessica Finlay, on behalf of Maxwell’s three sisters and three brothers, petitioned the UN Working Group for arbitrary detention. New York Post,


Lawyers say Ms Maxwell’s condition inside Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn is “unusually harsh”.

It calls on the United Nations to release the ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein and call on the US government to investigate her “arbitrary detention”.

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Ms Maxwell is accused of finding underage girls to abuse Epstein from 1994 to 2004.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and is set to go to trial next week,

“She is constantly awake at night and for more than 500 days she is subjected to a ‘suicide watch’ – completely unreasonable in the case of a non-suicidal person – in which a flashlight is placed on her face every 15 minutes. Flashing to check that she is breathing is literally preventing her from sleeping,” the petition said.

It added that he claimed to have been touched inappropriately by guards during routine daily searches.

The petition also claimed that Ms Maxwell would be unable to get a fair trial.

Ghislaine Maxwell has been the subject of constant and heavy media coverage, aimed at projecting her as an accomplice to the alleged crimes against Jeffrey Epstein, to the point that the certainty of his guilt is clearly seen before any trial. It is,” adds the petition.

“US justice has not sought to oppose or counter the extreme spirit of public opinion in this case, nor has it seized every opportunity to remind everyone that Ms. Maxwell is presumed innocent or enables him to respond and prepare for his trial independently and with dignity.”

Epstein killed himself in a New York jail cell in August 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial.

Ms Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 at a plush New Hampshire home and has been in custody since, with judges ruling that she remains a flight risk.


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